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Each PTA has bylaws. These are the basic rules of your organization which will help it run orderly and effectively. They contain information such as:

  • The official name of your PTA
  • Your national and state identification numbers
  • Your federal tax identification number (EIN) (employer identification number)
  • The amount of your dues
  • What your PTA officer positions are and basic job descriptions
  • The day of your regular meetings
  • How many members are needed for a quorum (number of members required to have an official meeting)
  • When your budget and audit need to be presented to your membership
  • How nominations and elections work
  • And more!

Bylaws should be reviewed each year by the Executive Board of your PTA, and should be revised at least every five years. If you can’t locate a copy for your school contact the Second District PTA Parliamentarian (parliamentarian@sfpta.orgto see if we have a copy in our office. You will have to complete a new set if yours cannot be located.

For complete information on bylaws, visit the CAPTA website.

How to begin revising your PTA Bylaws

Use this worksheet (PDF download) to decide what you want your bylaws to include. This can be completed by a bylaws committee and then should be presented to the executive board for approval. At that point, contact parliamentarian@sfpta.org to determine the next step toward revising your PTA Bylaws.